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Why is this a question? : everything about the origins and oddities of language you never thought to ask

ISBN: 9781783967025
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Elliott & Thompson (HEDS)
Origin: GB
Release Date: February, 2024

Book Details

Why don’t eleven and twelve end in -teen? The rest of our counting system sits in neatly arithmetical sets of ten, so why do these two rulebreakers seem so at odds with the numbers that follow them? Admittedly, that question might never have occurred to you. But if you’re even remotely interested in the origins and oddities of language, you’re probably now intrigued to know the answer. Nor is it the only question: take a moment to think about how our language operates and even more spring to mind. Why do these letters look the way they do? Why are some uppercase and others lowercase? Why are these words in this order? How are you understanding what these seemingly arbitrary shapes and symbols mean? And what even is a question anyway? Delving into the origins of our alphabet and writing system; grammatical rules and conventions; the sound structure of language; and even how our brains and bodies interpret and communicate language itself, Why Is This a Question? is a fascinating and enlightening exploration of linguistic questions you’ve likely never thought to ask.